WABC-TV - "Preventing Cancer by Surgically Removing Ovaries"
We've heard of women getting voluntary mastectomies if they're high-risk for breast cancer. Now there is another difficult decision—whether to remove their ovaries not because of cancer but to prevent it. One local woman made this difficult decision, Chloe Brown, whose grandmother and great grandmother both died from ovarian cancer before the age of 40. Director of the Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, David Fishman, MD says women should know removal is an option. "Depending on the mutation, a woman's risk for ovarian cancer can be 40 percent to 60 percent higher than that of someone who does not have the mutation," Dr. Fishman said. Learn more